Nova Scotia has unveiled a fresh plan for the offshore wind industry, presenting its vision and outlining the regulatory framework for potential investors.
Last year, Premier Tim Houston set a goal to offer seabed leases for 5GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, with the first call for bids expected in 2025.
The Nova Scotia Offshore Wind Roadmap is being released in three stages. The initial phase describes Nova Scotia’s approach to site selection, seabed licenses, and support mechanisms. It also provides an opportunity for interested parties to contribute their feedback for future modules.
The second phase, slated for release in spring 2024, will concentrate on the supply chain, infrastructure, and opportunities for clean and inclusive growth.
Engagement efforts for offshore wind power are already in progress. The third module, scheduled for release in autumn 2024, will incorporate input from the Mi’kmaq and Indigenous communities, the fisheries industry, environmental organizations, academia, community groups, workers, the research community, ocean users, and other stakeholders.
Additionally, the feedback received through the federal-provincial regional assessment of offshore wind development, announced in March, will be taken into account.
Even after the release of the third module, engagement and consultation will continue.
Tory Ruston, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables, said “Nova Scotia offers some of the best offshore wind resources in the world, with ample capacity to serve both local and international green hydrogen markets.”
“We will use this geography to our advantage in our pursuit of offshore wind as one of many solutions to help fight climate change and grow our green economy. This is an exciting opportunity for Nova Scotia.”
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